Dallas Wings Edged at Connecticut Sun 74-72

Uncasville, Conn. (May 31, 2024) – The shorthanded Dallas Wings took the WNBA’s lone undefeated team down to the wire on the road on Friday night before falling 74-72 to the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Wings, who were without three starters for the fifth straight game, had opportunities in the final moments to steal the win, but came up just short. Dallas moved to 3-3 on the year with the setback, while Connecticut improved to 7-0.

Arike Ogunbowale, who entered the night as the WNBA’s top scorer this season, led the Wings with 21 points, while Maddy Siegrist had 17 points off a perfect 8-of-8 showing from the field. Teaira McCowan and Kalani Brown each scored 10 points, with McCowan adding a team-high seven rebounds. Ogunbowale had a team-high seven assists.

The Wings got off to a hot start, taking an early 11-2 lead to open the game and leading by 11, 21-10, with 90 seconds to go in the first quarter. Connecticut responded with an 8-0 run to close the opening frame trailing 21-18. The Wings held onto a single-possession lead until the Sun took their first lead of the game, 28-27, with 5:21 left in the first half. The Sun went on 9-0 run to lead by as many as eight in the second quarter before finishing the half with a 40-34 advantage.

Connecticut bumped its lead to as many as 14 in the third quarter, 59-45, before Dallas rallied. The Wings went on a 13-0 run, getting the game within one, 59-58, with 5:58 left in the fourth. The Sun went back up by five, 65-60, following a Brionna Jones jumper and Alyssa Thomas free-throw. But once again, Dallas responded. Stephanie Soares made her first career three-pointer with 4:03 left to make it a two-point game, 65-63, before a Siegrist jumper knotted the game at 65-65 with 3:24 remaining.

The Wings and Sun traded baskets the rest of the way, with neither team leading by more than a bucket for the final 4:03 of the contest. The game was tied once again, 69-69, before Sevgi Uzun buried a clutch three with 1:20 left to give the Wings a three-point cushion. A Thomas layup got Connecticut back within one, 72-71, before she gave the Sun what proved to be the final advantage of the game with a layup with 39.2 left. Trailing by one with the ball, the Wings had chances, but just couldn’t make the game-winning bucket, going 0-4 from the field over the final moments.

Connecticut’s Jones had a game-high 22 points while Thomas added 15 and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Dallas shot over 50-percent from the field for the second time in the last three games, finishing with a .516 clip. The Wings took a season-low four free-throws (2-4) while Connecticut went 14-24 from the charity stripe.  Dallas outrebounded its opponent for the third time this season (30-28) but was hindered by 15 turnovers resulting in 19 Sun points.

The Wings open play in the 2024 Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Minnesota Lynx. Tipoff at the Target Center is at 6 p.m. CT and the game will air on Bally Sports Southwest and CBS Sports Network. The game at Minnesota completes a five-game road swing for the Wings, who return home on June 5 to host the Las Vegas Aces.